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Pros and Cons of Lifts?

Hi everyone,

I'm getting closer and closer to pulling the trigger on 8 to 10 lug adaptors so I can run 22.5's super singles on my ex. It has to be lifted though. I see lots of different lift kits with lots of different price ranges. Could someone educate me? My dilemma is that to run the wider super singles, I'd need about an 8-10" lift. I could run a narrower super single with about a 3-5" lift. What are my options for 3-5 inches and 8-10 inches and what are some positives? Oh and prices and recommended vendors too.

Any amount of help is appreciated.

The ex is an 03 6.0 4x4 and i'm not above buying used.
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Well the way I look at, if you want a lift you go big from the start, that way you want be wanting to go bigger. For me I went with a 6inch lift on my offroad truck and wish that I went with an 8inch. Being high up is a great thing, but you go that hi and you got to remember that it'll put a lot of strain on other components like the driveshaft, steering linkage, etc. Also your mpg is going to $UCK big time. But its up to you. My suggestion is go with a well known company that makes really strong lifts. Couple that come to mind are: Rize Industries (Rize Industries LLC - Specializing in Custom Bolt-on Suspension Lift Kits and Accessories.), Bulletproof (Truck lift | suspension kits accessories | San Diego | El Cajon | California), BDS (Premium Lifted Suspension Systems - BDS Suspension). Note this are all really strong well built kits that also cost a lot of money, but you are getting what you paid for.
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I thought the same thing when I wanted bigger tires.

Some things are inherent with big lifts,...steering issues, vibrations, stiff suspension, u-joints, bearing,.etc etc etc etc etc ..

That is why I made my truck the way I did,....I don't have anywhere near the issues trucks that have larger lifts do,....I didn't have to buy all the extra stuff to fix those issues,...and I run larger tires then they can.......win win win
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Tank what did you do different?
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Tank uses bushwacker cut out fender flares to fit bigger tires with out lifting more, I think 41" tires with 4.5" lift and cut-outs.

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Tank uses bushwacker cut out fender flares to fit bigger tires with out lifting more, I think 41" tires with 4.5" lift and cut-outs.

yup....that's what I did,....no need for a drop pitman arm with a 4.5" lift, no need for extending brake lines,....etc etc etc etc etc
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Tank, which 4.5" lift do you have? Where did you purchase it?
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DR/Icon......I really can't remember where I got it from,....I have a very short term memory,.....I think it might have been Marty....but I'm not positive.
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Tank, Icon's (Donahoe Racing's) 4" spring and 4.5" hanger kits both come with drop track bar and pitman arms. You're steering would probably be helped out a little if you got those.
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pros:
your penis instanly grows 4 inches
girls will love you now
your truck will look awesome
be able to go offroading
truck will still look awesome

cons
it will ride worse
get worse gas milage
more strain on stock components
harder to load crap in the cab/bed

With that being said I would def lift my truck again. I dunno if I would go as high as I went but I love my truck.

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